The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening in Japan, 1912
Chapter: Chapter1. History

Korakuen Garden Tokyo 2

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Not far from here is a suite of reception rooms, called Kawara-Shoin, with a dancing stage attached. In the north-west corner of the grounds a small boundary fence with a neat thatched gateway encloses a rustic water-mill of two storeys, with the miller's cottage adjoining. The water-wheel serves for raising water to the upper storey, from whence a conduit, carried to the hill Shorozan, supplies the cascade of the lake. In another part of the garden is a conical hill, called Fuji-no-yama, and crowned, with white azaleas, the white flowers suggesting the snowy cap of mount Fuji; and not far from this runs a stream called "Water of Eternal Youth," remarkable for the clearness of its water. The cascade at the head of the lake, described as Kiyomizu-no-taki, falls near a shrine to Kwannon, built in imitation of the Kiyomizu-dera at Kioto. The garden contains numerous monolithic stone bridges and lanterns, rare rocks, boulders, and trees, and other interesting details.